Advancing Diversity and Inclusion

A group of attorneys walking in the same direction.

The Washington State Bar Association’s mission is to serve the public and the members of the Bar, ensure the integrity of the legal profession, and to champion justice.

As such, the WSBA is committed to advancing diversity and inclusion within the legal profession, and is dedicated to understanding and responding to the conditions which exist for all lawyers in Washington. In 2013, the Bar approved the Diversity and Inclusion Plan. The plan rests on a fundamental assumption that WSBA’s commitment to its own culture of inclusion and cultural competence provides the best foundation for meaningful progress.


WSBA Diversity and Inclusion programs are supported by charitable donations to the Washington State Bar Foundation. To make a tax-deductible contribution, please visit the Foundation online or email foundation@wsba.org.


WSBA Annual Awards — 2016

Nominations now being sought

The WSBA is seeking nominations for its 2016 WSBA Annual Awards, which honor exemplary individuals from the legal community. The awards will be presented at the Annual Awards Dinner on Sept. 29, 2016, to those who have made noteworthy contributions and achievements in public service, government service, professionalism, pro bono work, diversity and other areas. Both lawyers and members of the public are eligible to make nominations and receive awards.

Nominators are asked to complete a nomination form and email it, along with all other supporting materials, to barleaders@wsba.org by April 15, 2016.

For questions, please email Sue Strachan or call her at 206-733-5903.

Excellence in Diversity Award
This award is made to a lawyer, law firm, or law-related group that has made a significant contribution to diversity in the legal profession.

 


How WSBA Defines Diversity

Diversity refers to meaningful representation of and equal opportunities for individuals who self identify with those groups that are under-represented in the legal profession based upon, but not limited to, disability, gender, age, familial status, race, ethnicity, religion, economic class, sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression. Statewide geographic diversity and area of practice shall also be given consideration. Adopted by the WSBA Board of Governors in March 2010.


Inside-Out Diversity
Building Momentum: WSBA's Journey Through Change 

Diversity, Intersectionality & WSBA Membership
Diversity, Intersectionality & WSBA Membership

2015 WSBA Diversity Research Project
Diversity Research Project Literature Review

2014 Diversity Annual Report
From the Inside-Out: WSBA's Journey of Inclusion

2013 WSBA Diversity and Inclusion Plan
Data and information collected from our 2012 WSBA Membership Study informed and guided our organization to create and approve our first-ever 2013 WSBA Diversity and Inclusion Plan.



2012 WSBA Membership Study

In 2012, WSBA took the first step toward developing an organizational road map informed by the demographics of our membership by conducting a study of our members. The goals of this membership study were:
  • Understanding demographics and career data
  • Identifying characteristics and experiences of diverse members
  • Understanding professional transitions
  • Establishing a statistical database

We are pleased to present the results of the 2012 Membership Study:

 

WSBA Diversity Committee

Washington State Bar Foundation

WSBA Leadership Institute

Membership Demographics

View WSBA Membership statistics, including membership counts and member demographics

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